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Theatrical production celebrates Pearl Buck


03-12-2015 20:44 BJT

A theatrical production with a difference is gearing up for its fall debut in the US. “Pearl: Spring River Flower Moon Night” is a collaboration between artists from China and the US, using dance to blend the two cultures.
China’s Legend River Entertainment is partnering up with renowned Broadway choreographer Daniel Ezralow to tell the story of Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck.
Buck was born an American but her second hometown was ZhenJiang in Jiangsu province, which Ezralow visited in 2014. Ezralow was inspired by Buck's life and a classic poem from the Tang dynasty.
"I thought ‘How do I do a show about Pearl Buck? Why do a dance show about someone that's written already, that has stories that could make a movie about her?’" Ezralow said.
"But then when the poem Spring River Flower Moon Night came in, I went, ‘Yes!’ Spring River Flower Moon Night gives me many movement impressions, so the connection between Pearl’s life and Spring River Flower Moon Night makes total sense to me.”
The vision behind the show is to focus on blending Chinese and US cultures through theater and dance, and ultimately transcend language barriers. Marketing director Pamela Carroll emphasized Buck’s international influence.
"Her stories provided a portal into her vision of how she saw the world. Many of her stories are based on what she knew in China, which is echoed in a metaphor she gave herself, saying she was culturally bifocal," Carroll said.
Angela Tang, executive vice-president of China's Legend River Entertainment, spent quite a long time developing the show so that it could come to life.
"Actually, I have been working on this project for more than three years. And we have been doing a lot of research on choosing a story. We were thinking of producing a theatrical show that could be understood by both Chinese audiences and international audiences. Not only American audiences, but also European audiences," Tang said.
The one-hour theatrical show will take place in New York City at the David H. Koch Theater at the Lincoln Center between August 27 and August 30 this year. Then the show will tour through China, including performances at the National Theater for the Performing Arts in Beijing and in nearly 30 cities nationwide.

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